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COMMUNITAS 2019-2021 Cohort

Andrew Alesso is the Founder and Lead Pastor of Thrive LA Church in Silver Lake, a church plant founded by Andrew and his wife, Katie, which is dedicated to the good of the city of Los Angeles. Andrew received his BA in Biblical Studies from Master's University and his MBA with an emphasis in leadership and organizational change from Pepperdine University. Andrew Alesso 
Dusty Breeding is the Campus and Youth Pastor at University Church of Christ in Malibu. He leads a team of Pepperdine student interns and graduate apprentices, who work together to minister to the Pepperdine community and the Malibu community at large. He received his BA an MA in Religion from Pepperdine University. Dusty Breeding 
Melissa Campbell-Langdell is Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church/Iglesia Episcopal de Todos los Santos in Oxnard. She serves a bilingual congregation and is fluent in Spanish, serving as a bridge for her church and the community of Oxnard. She holds a BA in International Studies from Vassar College and an MDiv from Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Melissa Campbell-Langdell 
Trevor DeBenning is a Pastor at Risen Church Santa Monica, a church committed to helping the people of Los Angeles know Jesus, grow in faith, and go into the world equipped to serve. Trevor completed his Masters degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. He and his wife Amber have four children; Zoe, Moses, Dietrich, and Oliver. Trevor enjoys strong coffee, thick books, and telling the world about Jesus.

Trevor DeBenning

Darren Hagood is Lead Minister of Long Beach Church of Christ in Long Beach. He has experience in the areas of racial studies and unity and spiritual formation. Darren received a BA in Biblical Text and MDiv from Abilene Christian University. Darren Hagood 
Saona Jackson is Director of Adult Ministries at Malibu Pacific Church in Malibu. She directs all adult ministries and started the "LA Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope," in which participants journey from Malibu to LA to discover how their spiritual journey is connected to the place they live (including issues of history, race relations, and immigration). She received her bachelor's degree in Leadership Studies and Religious Studies from the University of Richmond and her MDiv from Harvard Divinity School. Saona Jackson 
Angela Lee is Pastor of Volunteers and Guest Relations at Fellowship Church in Pasadena, where she manages the experience of congregants "from street to seat." Angela also has the honor of serving on the preaching team at Fellowship. She has a BS in Human Services from University of Delaware. Angela Lee 
Trent Lewis is Pastor of Ministry at Arbor Road Church in Long Beach, where he focuses on family and development ministries. He partners with Biola to lead an internship program which has had more than 70 interns. He holds a BS in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Bible Exposition from Biola University and an MA in Leadership from Liberty University. Trent Lewis
Sean Lord is the Lead Youth Pastor at ONE&ALL church in San Dimas, where he oversees ministry of 6th-12th graders across campuses. He holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from CSU Fullerton. Sean Lord 
Romeo Manalang is Senior Pastor of Life in Christ Church in West Hills, where he has served for 6 years. He has an AA in Graphic Design and Biblical Studies and is currently pursuing a Masters in Intercultural Studies and MDiv from Gateway Seminary.

Romeo Manalang

Larry Walker is Worship and Creative Arts Pastor at Redeemed Life Church in Azusa. His desire is to see people have an encounter with God's love through worship. He holds a BA in Music Performance, Journalism and Business from the University of North Texas. Larry Walker 
Nicolette Wilson is the Pastor of St. James AME Church in Los Angeles. She serves in several leadership roles in the community and is the youngest female pastor in the state of California of the African Methodist Church. She has a Bachelor's in Public Administration from California Baptist University and is pursuing a Master's in Pastoral Studies from Azusa Pacific University. Rev. Nicolette Birdsong Wilson 
Derick Zeulner is Associate Pastor of South Shores Church in San Juan Capistrano, where he oversees communications and the small group program and discipleship, as well as serving on the preaching team. He holds a BA in Christian Education from Biola University and an MA in Theology from Talbot School of Theology. Derick Zeulner